Still no word from Duncan Whitfield, South Wark's plutocratic Director of Finance, but I did receive my Council Tax demand today. It's £90.97, payable monthly in cash at the office in Walworth Road: 1 X £9.97 + 10 X £9 (other payment methods are available).
It's not a lot of money, but that's not the point. The five members of Southwark's management team are paid close to a million quid between them and it is unconscionable that they should continue to overpay themselves at the expense of the poorest in the borough. In fact, it is contrary to the first principle by which these five team members are supposed to administrate Southwark Council's budget, as laid out in its Budget Book: 'at a time of unprecedented cuts', the budget should 'create a fairer future for all by promoting social and economic equality'.
I guess, like in Animal Farm, some are more equal that others.
in last week's southwark news and council's own 'southwark life', richard livingstone & peter john were again talking about their administration being about 'fairness' for all southwark residents.
does that mean we should ignore the bedroom tax letters and the council tax letters or does that mean poor people (low-wage workers, disabled people, single families etc) are not residents of southwark?